Discovering the Geology of Baja California

Discovering the Geology of Baja California invites visitors to these shores to explore not only rocks and fossils but also the continuum of past ecosystems with the ecology of the present.

Discovering the Geology of Baja California

Baja California: wild, desolate, and a treasure-house of geological wonders. Along its ancient shorelines, careful observers can learn much about how the Gulf of California came into existence and what the future of the Baja California peninsula might be. For those who wish to unlock the mysteries of Baja California, geologist Markes Johnson offers the key. He has taken a body of technical research on the geology and paleontology of the region and made it accessible in plain language for anyone who visits the peninsula, whether for study or recreation. His book teaches general concepts in coastal geomorphology and tectonics, as well as the basic geological and natural history of the Gulf of California, in a conversive, intellectually stimulating fashion. Johnson's guide takes the form of six day-long hikes in the area of Punta Chivato on the east coast of the southern Baja California peninsula. Punta Chivato is presented as a microcosm of the entire region; it can enable visitors to better understand major themes in the natural history of the Gulf of California and its geological past. All of the hikes begin at the southeast corner of the Punta Chivato promontory and loop out in different directions. Each circuit is designed to minimize overlap with adjacent hikes and to maximize the visitor's exposure to instructive variations in the landscape. Each chapter features additional reflections on a geologist of another time and place who has advanced the field in a way that elucidates the material covered in that chapter. Through these asides, readers will learn the basic lessons about how geologists read the secrets hidden in landscapes. Discovering the Geology of Baja California invites visitors to these shores to explore not only rocks and fossils but also the continuum of past ecosystems with the ecology of the present. It offers both an unparalleled guide to a remote area and a new understanding of life caught in an endless cycle of change.

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Discovering the Geology of Baja California
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: Markes E. Johnson
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Baja California: wild, desolate, and a treasure-house of geological wonders. Along its ancient shorelines, careful observers can learn much about how the Gulf of California came into existence and what the future of the Baja California peninsula might be. For those who wish to unlock the mysteries of Baja California,
Off-Trail Adventures in Baja California
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Markes E. Johnson
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-13 - Publisher: University of Arizona Press

"Off-Trail Adventures in Baja California describes--and maps and illustrates--nine hikes on islands, along coastal outcrops, and other special places where geography, geology, and ecology meet in singular ways"--Provided by publisher.
Baja California's Coastal Landscapes Revealed
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Markes E. Johnson
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Expert geologist and guide Markes E. Johnson takes us on a dozen rambles through wild coastal landscapes on Mexico's Gulf of California. Descriptions of storm deposits from the geologic past conclude by showing how the future of the Baja California peninsula and its human inhabitants are linked to the vast
Isle of the Amazons in the Vermilion Sea
Language: en
Pages: 180
Authors: Gregory MacDonald
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04-23 - Publisher: 39 West Press

Myth has it that Baja California was once ruled by a giant queen, Calafia. Her subjects were black Amazon women, and they lived in a land of ferocious griffins, tall mountains, precipitous cliffs, and deep valleys. Baja was also said to be an island of gold and precious stones. Spanish
Atlas of Coastal Ecosystems in the Western Gulf of California
Language: en
Pages: 189
Authors: Markes E. Johnson, Jorge Ledesma-V‡zquez
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: University of Arizona Press

The Gulf of California is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but it is also important to earth and marine scientists who work far beyond the area. In text and an accompanying CD-ROM with stunning satellite images, this atlas captures the dynamics of natural cycles in the